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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Czech Philharmonic with Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek and Piano Soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.

October 15, 2014
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Czech Philharmonic

with Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek and Piano Soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

                  Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 15, 2014 – One of today’s most elite pianists joins one of Eastern Europe’s most renowned classical ensembles for a concert full of passion and sterling technique when Grammy-nominated French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of celebrated conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. This extraordinary evening of classical music comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The program includes works by two Czech composers: Leoš Janáček’s “Taras Bulba,” a powerful rhapsody that was based on Nikolai Gogol’s short story of the same name; and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” Op. 95, a wildly popular work that was influenced by Native-American and African-American music, which was performed in the ensemble’s debut concert under the baton of its composer. Thibaudet will showcase his dazzling technique and musical sensibilities when he joins the ensemble to perform Franz Liszt’s innovative Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125.

The Czech Philharmonic has attracted leading composers from the very beginning, performing its debut concert in 1896 under the baton of Dvořák, and a subsequent performance in 1908 under the baton of Gustav Mahler in the world premiere of his Symphony No. 7. The orchestra flourished under the leadership of many prominent Czech conductors, most recently under Jiří Bělohlávek, who was appointed the chief conductor in 1990. Under his leadership, the orchestra has amassed a collection of prestigious awards and nominations, including several Cannes Classical Awards and Grammy nominations, while performing in major concert venues across the globe such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. In 2014, in a tribute to its first conductor, the Czech Philharmonic recorded nine television programs featuring performances of each of Dvořák’s Nine Symphonies.

“The joy, brilliance and musicality of [Thibaudet’s] performance could not be missed,” raves The New York Times about this sought-after soloist who has performed with internationally renowned for more than 30 years and recorded more than 50 acclaimed albums. Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s many awards include the Premier Prix du Conservatoire, Young Concert Artists Award, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Spoleto Festival’s Premio Pegasus and Victoire d’Honneur, and the Hollywood Bowl has inducted Thibaudet into its Hall of Fame. He was the soloist on the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning soundtrack for “Atonement” and the Academy Award-nominated score for “Pride and Prejudice,” and recorded composer Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack of the 2010 film “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Known for his unique and elegant style, Thibaudet’s concert wardrobe is designed by celebrated fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.


Program subject to change


Tickets for CZECH PHILHARMONIC are $70, $60 and $42. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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